Byard (James, Jr.) Papers. 1832-1939.


Summary Information

Repository
New York State Historical Association – Research Library
Title
James Byard, Jr. Papers
ID
Coll. No. 5
Date [inclusive]
1832-1939
Extent
1.25 Cubic feet
Language
English
Funding Source
This finding aid was made available electronically through a Regional Bibliographic Data Bases (RBDB) grant from the South Central Regional Library Council, Ithaca, N.Y.

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Biographical/Historical note

James Byard, Jr. (1872-1942) was a lawyer and politician in Otsego County, N.Y. He was admitted to the bar in 1900 and practiced law in Cooperstown, N.Y. until 1923 when he moved his offices to Oneonta, N.Y. He was a delegate from New York at the Democratic National Convention in 1912, and a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from New York’s 34th District during the same year. He is most known as the council for the defense in the famous Eva Coo murder trial of 1934. He was killed in an automobile accident near Albany, N.Y. in 1942.

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Scope and Content Note

Scrapbooks (7) of newspaper clippings relating to Byard’s career. Two of them contain clippings of the Eva Coo murder case, 1934. In addition there are family papers, 1832-1870, mainly deeds and legal papers.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

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Special Collections
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Accession Number

NM-22.75

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Collection Inventory

5.1 – Box 1
5.1/1 — Supreme Court, Bronx County (Murder Case); Rose F. Crumley, Plaintiff, against Edwin W. Crumley, Jr, Defendant (folder 1 of 2).

Item List:

 

Employee’s Withholding Exemption Certificate of Edwin Crumley

Empty envelopes addressed to Mr. E.W. Crumley, Jr.

Envelope with letter addressed to Mr. E.W. Crumley, Jr.

Form 133 N: stating sentence, time awaiting trial, and discharge date of Edwin Crumley

Post Warden certification of Edwin Crumley

Withholding Receipts for Edwin Crumley

Photograph of woman and child

Christmas card

Empty envelope with handwriting by Byard

Handwritten papers on the case

Letter recommending Edwin Crumley from the Theodore Roosevelt Evening High School

Handwritten letters to Edwin Crumley from his mother and Rose Crumley and letter from Edwin Crumley

Summons: Action for a Separation

Divorce agreement

Notion of Motion

Order

Letters from James Byard to Frank Nardozzi, Mrs. Edwin Crumley, and Mrs. Mary Crumley, and to James Byard from the aforementioned people

Examination of Edward [sic] Crumley, Jr., by Alexander F. Carson, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Depositions of Edwin Crumley and Mary Crumley

Envelope addressed to Mr. J.J. Byard III from Sheriff of Broome County

Letter from Rose Crumley to Edwin Crumley

 

5.1/2 — Supreme Court, Bronx County (Murder Case); Rose F. Crumley, Plaintiff, against Edwin W. Crumley, Jr, Defendant (folder 2 of 2).

Item List:

Newspaper clippings

5.1/3 — County Court, Otsego Co.; People of the State of New York against Castle McHenry and Floyd Smith, Defendants (folder 1 of 2).

Item List:

Memoranda of Law (3)

Personal handwritten notes-to-self on the trial from James Byard

Newspaper clippings on the trial

Juror lists

Deposition of Floyd Smith

Indictment

Deposition of Castle McHenry

Letter from Edwin Verreau to James Byard

Calendar of Criminal Cases

Statement from James. A. Fink requesting Frederick W. Youmans and James J. Byard to be his attorneys, and letters between Fink, Youmans, and Byard

5.1/4 — County Court, Otsego Co.; People of the State of New York against Castle McHenry and Floyd Smith, Defendants (folder 2 of 2).

Item List:

Empty envelope addressed to Floyd Smith

Magazine: Official Detective Stories, April 1945

Photographs of The Brookside Restaurant

Calendar of Causes, Supreme Court, Chenango County

Newspaper clippings on the trial

 

5.1/5 — Newspaper clippings — 1855 murder (photocopy).
5.1/6 — Scrapbook. Newspaper clippings about James Byard and his cases, including the Eva Coo case. 1898 – 1930s.
5.1/7 — Scrapbook (labeled as “1902-“). Newspaper clippings about James Byard and his cases, and his run for Assemblyman. 1901-1916.
5.1/8 — Scrapbook (labeled as “1912”). Newspaper clippings and photographs on James Byard’s run for Congress, 1912-1914; scattered clippings on the Bishop case, ca. 1935-1954; and loose pages with clippings, 1951.
5.1/9 — Scrapbook (labeled as “1912-“). Newspaper clippings about James Byard and his cases, including the Eva Coo case. 1912-1935.
5.1/10 — Scrapbook. Newspaper clippings about cases. 1917-1921.
5.1/11 — Scrapbook (Woolson’s Economy Expense Book on front). Newspaper clippings about cases and Byard’s run for Assemblyman. 1918-1925.
5.1/12 — Scrapbook (labeled as “1925-“). Newspaper clippings about cases. 1925- 1935.
5.1/13 — Scrapbook. James J. Byard III. Newspaper clippings and photographs from cases. 1931-1936.
5.2 – Box 2
5.2/1 — Deeds. 1832-1865.
5.2/2 — Legal Papers.
5.2/3 — Legal Papers.
5.2/4 — (Geo. S.) Gorham Papers.
5.2/5 — Newspaper clippings; letter from Frederick L. Rath, Jr., to James Byard; and the
Peruna Lucky Day Almanac, 1903.
5.2/6 — Receipts.
5.2/7 — Eva Coo trial.
5.2/8 — Photographs.
5.2/9 — Article from the
Mirror-Independent. 1902.

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